Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Your Invited to come away with me...

                                                           The good life

...on my dream trip to Italy!  Yes finally after 2 weddings two new grandbabies, a few new businesses and two grueling hip surgeries for my husband we are finally on our way.  We are not going Rick Steve style, we are not going with a tour, but we are setting out to explore and discover on our own what Bella vita (the good life) is all about in Italy.  I have spent weeks of my life planning this trip.  Now I know why travel agents earn their money!  In all that planning I have just grown my appetite for more.  So this is trip #1.  I can't possibly do it all or even part of it in one 24 day jaunt.  The itinerary will be Florence, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast and Rome.  Yes I am leaving out several must see cities, but I promise you I will be back.  I like to take in the moment, the happening and the experience more then a check list of every site to see, although my husband is already freaking out that I am trying to squeese in too much.  His idea of vacation is Dolce Far Niente (the sweetness of doing nothing)  That really works out for us as he loves to sit and drink a glass of wine on a side walk café as I get engrossed in a plein air sketch or painting in between all the sites I will be dragging him too!  He is a great sport and a wonderful man to join me in this adventure.  We are both a bit giddy.  

There is so much more I want to share, but for now I leave with some of my favorite pic's of what I hope to experience.  


okay maybe no other pic's today.  Blogger from an Ipad is going to be a bit tricky...but I promise I will get this figured out in time.  Any advise out there would be appreciated :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Seven Years

 Seven years in the making, my garden at sunset tonight.  I can't believe we have only lived here seven years.  A lot of life has gone on in this home.  Since we have been here we have seen 2 college graduations, 2 weddings, and 3 grand children.  My cup runneth over.

  I enjoy my garden first thing in the morning then off and on through out the day.  When the sun starts setting I must have another peek.  So come along and join me for a sunset posy walk!  
 My Monet arch is finally getting some rose coverage.
 I wish I really knew how to take photo's like my daughters. They are all kinds of wonderful at it. Meg & Jenna's latest work.
 I planted this rose over six years ago when Miss Eden was born. The rose is named Eden :)

 Tess of the D'urbervilles I just love the name of this rose and her outrageous color!

 This rose was one of my last to be planted, she was hard to come by and perhaps my favorite.  Lady of the Mist...maybe I just love her name too ;)

 The view from inside my garden shed door.  This summer I hope to finally decorate my garden shed like miss Lovejoy's SPRIG

Good night garden!  See you in the morning!

Friday, January 24, 2014

42nd World Wide SketchCrawl

Pasco, WA public Library my most recent sketch

Last fall I finally got a chance to join a local sketching group that I had my eye on for a couple of years.  I found their blog on facebook and really wanted to just have the time to do some sketching and learn how.  These guys were so good!!! Urban Sketchers:Tri Cities

It turns out this is a craze going on around the planet.  Oh yeah how fun is that! Four times a year this group sketches all day around their city and posts their results along with cities like Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona...you get the idea.  It is so fascinating to me to see local culture on the same day through the eyes of artists all over the world. Urban Sketchers

My very first day happened to be one of these WW SketchCrawls and our local group was joining up with a children's art school. So I grabbed Miss Eden and off we went.

Of coarse we grabbed our coffee's from The Local (Jenna & Michael's new coffee shop)
Sketchers spread out all over Leslie Grove Park

 Leslie Grove is a local park on the Columbia River...oh what a glorious fall day!

 The children all gathered when they were done and looked at each other's work.

The children were instructed to sketch the play structure...see the swirly slide on the right ;)  She did a good job on the tic tac toe board!
 It was so cute because after Eden did the playground she turned around and copied the scene I was doing.

Following are some of my recent sketches from around the Tri Cities, WA.
We tend to sketch inside during cold weather

Roaster's Coffee Shop

If you get a chance, check out this link to find the results of the 42nd World Wide SketchCrawl, or better yet join one! This link is for their blogsite, but the other one is worth getting into to see all the action.  Only a few folks have access to post on the blog. Urban Sketchers Blog

Following is their Mission Statement:
Urban Sketchers started online as a flickr group in 2007 and later became a nonprofit organization. Our mission as a nonprofit is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel. We aim to show the world, one drawing at a time.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Art A Day Challenge and a Walk up Badger

It was a lovely day in the 50's.  So I grabbed Eden to go for a hike with me on Badger Mt.  On our way down she tells me " Nana my legs are walking by themselves."  Mind you she was dragging them all the way UP the mountain. 

 A mindless doodle done while watching Project Runway.  I have joined an ART A DAY blog to help me stay focused on doing some kind of art each day for the month of January. 

Exhausting day putting all the Christmas decoration away. My least favorite moment of Christmas ;(   At least it is all done and put away for next year! Now on to those New Year 2014 goals.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Glorious Chaos & a Happy New Year!

 My beautiful girls Christmas Eve @ Megs
Happy New Years to all !!!! I am presently comatose after 10 glorious days with ALL my family here. Everyone left this morning and as always there is physical relief and emotional grief. I am missing them all sooooo much already, but my body is on strike for at least today and will be in a mostly horizontal position. 
Meg and her girls
Grands preforming jingle bells at hyper speed
 Papa Danny and the rumble
 Michael and Jenna all dressed up
Christmas morning. 
With Meg's help I made linen covered photo journal books of their weddings. The newly weds loved them.

Glorious chaos! 

New Years Eve

I bearly got a decent photo.  I just kept shooting random candid shots as the days and events flew by.

So much fun and joy, bonding and laughter. All our usually family antic's with three fairly new additions with Olivia, Michael and baby Cora starting to understand our hoopla and joining in on all the lovely chaos. 

I have in my minds eye at least a week to focus on some quiet reflection and goal setting with God's direction for 2014. I know there are quite a few things brewing inside me...

For now I wanted to pass on this terrific gift from...Beth Moore!!!  FREE KINDLE BOOKS FROM BETH MOORE! I found them on Amazon...click for more info

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Project

 My good friend Alida came back from Italy boosting about the Limoncello from Positano.  Well it didn't take her long to make her own and share :)

We quickly discovered that served over ice with a fresh lemon wedge and even a mint leaf ratchets this delightful after dinner liquor up to a whole new level. 
Inspired I made my own batches and hand painted some tags with a little watercolor.
Now the only thing left is to decide who to gift them too =)
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